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Rising Sun

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  48,993 ratings  ·  989 reviews
From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes this riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interests.
“As well built a thrill machine as a suspense novel can be.”—The New York Times Book Review
On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Ang
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 27th 1992)
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Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This book sat on my shelf for years.Whenever I tried to read it,I was put off by the strident anti-Japan tone.

At one level,this book is a murder mystery,and a thriller.If you just consider these elements,it's a pretty good book.It moves along at a brisk enough pace,it has plenty of dramatic tension.

A young girl is murdered in the American headquarters of a major Japanese corporation,and the way the investigation proceeds,makes for a gripping read.

But the trouble is,it isn't just a murder mystery
Karl Marberger
Crichton puts forth a very interesting perspective on the economic relationship between Japan and the USA in this novel.

While informative, I feel that Crichton was at times overly pessimistic. He draws a picture of the Japanese annexing the American economy and Japan itself surpassing the US in every degree of first-world status (including GDP). And while he does raise some compelling points, I’m not sure how well the passage of time has supported his assertions. Crichton seemed fully confident
Gil Smolinski
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read, I get why people call it controversial though. Full review: ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This 90s story begins strongly with good character development before diving down and meandering around how great the Japenese economy is. 1991-2001 is often referred to as Japan's, "lost decade," economically. So, not so fast the late Mr. Crichton. 3 of 10 stars
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this book. I read this book on 2010 and until now its still my favorite. This books is telling us a story how contrast it is American culture and Japanese culture. American is much more brass and outspoken. Japanese is much more secluded and honoring seniority. I love how the author narrates the story and focusing on the culture contrast.
Though I have read only a couple of Michael Crichton's books, I am fan of his writing. His The Andromeda Strain and Sphere were highly enjoyable. So, with a lot of expectations I started with this book.

From the blurb, I could gather that it is a murder mystery centered on corporate espionage. The body of a young beautiful woman has been discovered in the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower - a mighty Japanese conglomerate, in Los Angeles. This was during a party, attended by celebrities, se
In the 80s the big American fear, especially in California, was that the Japanese businesses were going to take over. Strangely, the fact that the Dutch and British had more holdings than the Japanese never mattered.

That said, Japanese conspiracies were popular and this was one of the better ones, which also allowed us to perceive the Japanese manner of thinking.

BTW, this book was better than the movie. Overally, a very good read but not great.

For those who didn't see the movie a pair of America
Peter Monn
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great thriller! Check out my full review on my booktube channel ...more
This was an interesting read right after Tai-Pan given that both books explore the business relationship between an Asian nation and a Western one. In this case, though, the Author came to the story with a very definitive message to get across. Namely that America as a whole (industry, government, society) had to stop generally sucking because Japan was kicking our asses in every way imaginable.

Now that might seem a bit strange from a contemporary reader's perspective, but you need to remember w
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, very-bad
This novel should've been called I'm Not Racist, But--. Crichton's wise men rant against the Japanese as copiously as his straw men do, and their arguments are functionally identical. By all means, he says, paint them with a broad brush, say they're schemers, insist they spell our doom, but good Lord, don't call them "nips"! That's bigoted!

Other times it seems like Crichton isn't even trying not to be racist. The whodunit that fills the first half of the book concerns a beautiful young American
This 90s story begins strongly with good character development before diving down and meandering around how great the Japenese economy is. 1991-2001 is often referred to as Japan's, "lost decade," economically. So, not so fast the late Mr. Crichton. 3 of 10 stars
Debbie Zapata
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dar
After two duds in a row I felt like something snappy and Michael Crichton will certainly deliver snappy.

If I had ever read this book before, it was at least 8 to 10 years ago but I kept thinking how familiar the story was, and after just a few pages it dawned on me that I had watched the movie a gazillion times. As soon as I made that connection (how could I have forgotten?!) I saw the movie in my head as I read the book. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it meant I already knew whodunnit, why th
Eddie Owens
Michael Crichton is a very interesting writer. He takes a subject that he is interested in, researches it fully and then crafts a story around the research.

The blurb for "Rising Sun" describes it as a business thriller. There aren't actually any thrills in it, but it is very interesting, as a description of how Japanese big business is buying corporate America.

I enjoy learning stuff while I'm reading, but if you just wanted a thriller, this might not be for you.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Rising Sun feels a bit dated now that Japan has experienced it's "Lost Decade" and China has become a dominant economic power, but it's still a well-written and engaging thriller. It kind of loses steam after the car chase with Eddie, if the reader is not careful they will be dragged into a morass of technical information about various forms of video tape and how they can be altered, even though these details are semi important to the plot this section could've been cut way down in my opinion, b ...more
David (דוד)
This one is a crime/mystery/detection story integrated within a time where the United States and Japan were involved in technological industry wars so as to take a lead against each other. Although the story itself was decent, reading the information penned by the author with regard to the American attitudes towards the Japanese way of making business and vice-versa, at the time, along with their prejudices and understandings was very interesting to read, and which is based on thorough research. ...more
Laura Grable
I really enjoy how Michael Crichton can keep me glued to the page with plot twists and fast pacing, but I really hate when he gets too preachy. I think that is his biggest weakness as a writer. All of his books have some kind of lesson to be learned, typically it's the dangers of fast-growing technology, but his best novels show the reader why this is a problem instead of insistently telling us. For example, in Jurassic Park we didn't need a lecture on the dangers of playing God and giving life ...more
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you say 'arigatou gozaimasu'......Mr. Chricton for a whirlwind lesson in Japaneeeseeee. I can almost speak the language One should received college credit or at the very least a full c.e.u. for completing this novel. Seriously, I feel like I spent three weeks on 'Shogun'. In any event, an very eventful and satisfying read (listen in my case). When someone suggests you lay off the bigger than life, too good to be true Japanese business deal, believe it! Sayounara tomodachi.
Even bet
4.0 to 4.5 stars. My favorite Michael Crichton novel. I remember reading this book when it first came out and thinking is was a terrific read. I plan to re-read it at some point to see if it has aged well.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read. Good, not great, but better than most. Not my favorite Chrichton book, but better than most I've read. Am I being repetitious?

It's a unique detective story. While Japan isn't anywhere near the economic threat to the United States like it was in the past (that title now belongs to global debt levels), this was still an interesting read. While the story was good, the real value here is a look inside the Japanese culture. Reading is fun, but it's even better when you learn something ab
Bodosika Bodosika
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a masterpiece!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is now 25 years old, and while it holds up as a murder mystery the politics of it are a bit outdated. The late Michael Crichton wrote the book as the personal computer industry was in flux. Much of the industry was starting to be transferred to Asian markets. In addition, the US was facing increasing trade deficits with Japan, the auto industry was in trouble, almost all televisions were being built there as well.

In the quarter century since then the trade deficit has shifted to China
Listening to Michael Crichton -- at least judging by this one outing -- is very different than reading Michael Crichton.

I know, I know, listening to anything is different than reading, but I was shocked to discover how much lecturing Crichton does in his books. It goes far beyond the usual exposition of tech and ideas one would expect from a Sci-Fi writer. His lectures are long, over-blown, bordering on excruciating, but I think the magic of the written words allows those moments to be glossed
P. Lundburg
This seemed such a departure from what Michael Crichton normally writes about. It just seemed an odd genre for him to tap into, and I'm sorry to say, he didn't pull it off. If you're looking for a great Crichton book to read, move along to just about any of the others..... which, by the way, are plentiful. I'm am a fan of Crichton's for some books.
May 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In the early to mid-1990's a wave of anti-Japan hysteria swept through some segments of the American population. I distinctly remember watching two newscasts from this time concerning Japan. One talked about people's fear of Japanese 'interests' buying up significant portions of the U.S. The other showed video clip of people venting their anger over Japanese imports by destroying a Toyota pickup with baseball bats and the reporter (off-screen) explaining that the truck was built in the U.S. at t ...more
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star
Perhaps it is because this book has an out of date topic, but I found the constant "Japanese taking over America" rants to be a bit much. It took away from the overall mystery of the murder case, which in itself was interesting and intriguing. If it weren't for that preaching, I would have managed 3 stars.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Galaini
Underwhelming and transparent would be the two words I would use for this novel by Crichton.

Starring two completely replaceable and indistinct noir detectives, we find ourselves tugged along an unnecessarily winding plot filled with conveniently entertaining twists and turns and at the center; a sexy femme fatale lies dead without panties.

Here are the tropes that this novel is a slave to:
1.) A car chase between the police and a sports car that ends in a flaming wreck.
2.) Dead suspects are not
Kevin Lake
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Rising Sun" is Micheal Crichton at his best. All the reasons he is one of my favorite authors are found in this book. He writes honestly, not politically correctly. The cold hard facts he states, through the eyes and ears and mouths of his characters, about the Japanese and their business practices and America's inability to respond to either, mostly out of ignorance, innefeciency, and a desire to, at whatever cost, not come across as offensive or racist, is spot on. I live in Asia full time (t ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this my first book by Michael Crichton and I enjoyed it. My rating would have to be closer to three stars but it had a nice plot, fast pace, something easy to get into but not to figure out. Recommended.
Jeff Miller
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good, but dated in the cultural/political context.
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Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Doug ...more

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